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Print Edition Now Available: Finding DB Cooper


Available now at Amazon.com

And Createspace


Cooper Book Update

I have been busy the last few weeks formatting and editing the print edition of Finding DB Cooper. It should be ready to go by early November. I have lowered the price of the Kindle version. Once the print book is published, the current Kindle version will be replaced with the second edition, which includes about 40% more material. According to the Kindle Publishing dashboard, it can take a day or two for the new price to publish.

DB Cooper Paper: Surviving the Jump

I spent the last few weeks researching and working on a paper showing the probability of DB Cooper surviving his jump based on WWII parachuting data. (I’ve been on a DB Cooper kick lately.) Here is the pdf file:

Final Cooper Update

And Google Docs.

Paper will be updated soon with more data that confirms initial findings. ….Paper now updated.

From the Notebook

English: Martin Buber in Palestine/Israel עברי...

English: Martin Buber in Palestine/Israel עברית: מרטין בובר בארץ ישראל (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The year is over, my busy holiday schedule is over, and maybe I’ll have time to write stuff. Maybe.

In other news, I wrote the Foreword in Aaron Clarey’s new Bachelor Pad Economics, as well as worked with the manuscript. It was a lot of fun, and I’m very glad Aaron allowed me to help out. I intend to write a review here and on Amazon.com.

Books read/self-education/Movies:

The White House Mess by Christopher Buckley. Excellent. Played straight as a real memoir, the stuff Buckley parodies would be absolutely at home in any presidential administration since its publication in 1986.

Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. Pretty good, I got really annoyed at the “Kate called into my radio show and [anecdote that proves how right I am]. Ramsey’s got a good plan, but he sells it like religion, instead of finance.

Good and Evil by Martin Buber. Hard to describe, Martin Buber examines several of the psalms, and the myths relating to Lucifer, good and evil, and even the nature of the afterlife. It is Buber’s description of the afterlife I found most interesting.

Audiobook: X-Files: Ground Zero by Kevin J. Anderson, read by Gillian Anderson. Not very good. Anderson delivers the story monotone and flat and awful. And the story isn’t interesting.

Museum of Modern Art’s Printmaking playlist on Khan Academy. Described the different forms of artistic printmaking. Quick and interesting.

The Hobbit; Desolation of Smaug: Very good, much better than the first one. Worth watching.

New Blog Critics Author Archive Link


The Education Bubble

I submitted a piece to the MNDaily about the education bubble a couple of weeks ago, and after I had finally given up on it being published, they went ahead and published it. I hope I don’t lose my membership in the alumni association.

From the Notebook

– I have a new novel in the works. I’m completing the reviewer draft now. Then I’ll send it out, get feedback, make changes. My hope is to get this all done and published before the Christmas season, but the book will definitely be done by El Dos. More later, I assure you.

– It’s been a slow couple of months in the self-education department, but I did finish some Khan Academy Playlists: Core Finance, Credit Crisis, and two Art History lists (Medieval Era and Proto-Renaissance).  Core finance is a beast of a playlist, but it has some really great stuff in it. The Art History playlists are really great, I didn’t think I’d continue watching them, but they’re very interesting and well done. I’m close to finishing all the economic and finance videos. When I do, I’m going to return to math and science. Not counting the math playlists (that have expanded and I went through them before KA found a way to track video views), I have completed 15 total playlists.

– I’ll be tracking pWP (political Win Probability) throughout the election cycle, looking especially for events that change pWP. Hopefully, we can begin to understand how and when elections are really decided. What is making this more difficult is the way RealClearPolitics lists their polls. I keep good notes on everything I record in my spreadsheet, but sometimes a Likely Voter (LV) poll reverts to a Registered Voter (RV) for some odd reason [and I don’t use RV polls in calculating pWP], some polls disappear (because they are tracking polls and their totals are constantly renewed) and there have been some other problems. So the graphs may show some changes from time to time, I’ll do what I can to properly account for everything, but it’s been weird.

– This is a depressing personal note; I last appeared on the radio four years ago (Burger Tour interview on NARN). It’s been almost three years since I did a podcast. It was enjoyable while I was there, but it sure is fleeting.

– My dystopian short story about government healhcare is finished, and the remaining sections will be posted up here in the coming months.

From the Notebook

-Part VI of my Economic Myths Debunked Debunked series is due up sometime this week. I did not forget.

-National Novel Writing Month is on, I’m ‘participating’ in that I’m hoping to get about 30,000 words done on a manuscript I’ve been kicking around for about a year now. Posting may be light[er].

-Read Richard Nixon’s Beyond Peace, his final book, published just after his death in 1994. It was amazing. His views on foriegn policy were nearly prophetic. He warned against a new Russian dictatorship. His predictions about China were dead-on, including the economic influence China would have in the near future. Nixon predicts a credit crisis involving the government’s deficits. And there are some great passages regarding faith, its public role and private necessity. Outside of his views on the drug war and gun control, which comprised about a page or so of the entire book, the whole of the book was outstanding. Nixon creates a framework for what to do in the age of peace. I can’t say enough good things about this book.

-Part V of my dystopian series on the future of healthcare should be up on the MassProLife website sometime in the next week.

From the Notebook

Cover of "Moneyball: The Art of Winning a...

Cover via Amazon

-Went to see “Moneyball” this weekend. I loved it. It wasn’t what I expected at all. It was a rather intense character study of Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane, not a baseball movie, not a business movie. The two complaints I heard going into the film were its length and the way former A’s Manager Art Howe is portrayed as a dumb and stubborn ignoramus. Whatever. I thought they could have created more conflict there, that’s what I got from the book. And the baseball traditionalists really were as obdurate and arrogant as portrayed. I would say even more so, just from my perspective on the outside looking in. The length was fine, as good movies don’t need to end soon. I highly recommend seeing it sometime.

-Another movie I recently saw and really enjoyed was “Get Low” starring Robert Duvall. The movie is about an old hermit preparing to die, and wishing to do it in a way that engages the local community he has separated himself from for so long. He doesn’t know it, but this process leads to him giving a confession that had been weighing so heavily on his soul. Really a wonderful movie. Bill Murray plays the part of a desperate undertaker in need of money. Another high recommendation. The movie was released in 2009 and should be available on demand somewhere.

-Read  “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence, a book about the ideal interior spiritual life of those on their Christian Walk. Brother Lawrence was a humble cook who was well-known for his intense spirituality, and after his death his sayings, some letters and a short biography were compiled into this short book. It’s a great text for the protestant or Catholic alike.

-Over the coming months a short-story of mine is going to be published in serial by my friends at MassProLife. Parts I&II are up on their website now. The story is a dystopian vision of the near future where good intentions have led to bad policies regarding healthcare in America. As always, I love feedback on my writing whenever I can get it.

-There is one thing the recession has helped, a lot, and that is financial shows on the radio. What were once dull and dry pedantic lectures on saving money and paying off credit cards has turned into wonderful commentary on econometrics, market forecasting and public policy. I can’t remember the last time I heard a money show on the radio scorn a man for investing in penny stocks or not fully contributing to his 401k. I suppose, once these shows are boring again, the recession will finally be over.

From the Notebook

John Stuart Mill

Image via Wikipedia

– Published an article on pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

-Went to the MOB event, saw a few people, actually talked to a few others (Mark, John, Mitch, Brad). Would’ve stayed longer but I was really tired from a long day of fantasy baseball drafts and drinking.

-I have gone through all my old blogger.com blogs and put them under private viewership. Eventually I intend to delete them (all the posts have been transferred to this blog and the archive). If, for some incredibly odd reason you want access to my blogger.com blogs, contact me.

-Saw “Sucker Punch” at St. Anthony Main. There was too much “Girl Power” and not enough Tengu Monster killing, and it was too loud, and I hated the music, and there was too much crying, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit I even paid to see it (I didn’t, thankfully), and it started too slow and ended quite stupidly. But, the Steam-Powered Zombie Nazis (though technically, they weren’t Nazis as it was a WWI fantasy and not a WWII one, regardless) made this film worth seeing.

Books Read:

-Pascal’s Treatise on the Arithimatical triangle. This is part of the Great Books ten-year reading program, and was very difficult to understand (terrible translation). But, I did recognize some of the statistical concepts. Fortunately, there are plenty of youtube videos available that make learning about “Pascal’s Triangle” rather easy. If only I had to factor more binomial expressions in my life.

-“Let’s go to the Movies” by Lester Gordon. I barely consider this a book. It was a collection of trivia, quotes and anecdotes about movies and famous actors and actresses. But, because I’m having a hard time getting books finished, I’m counting it. It’s dated, so don’t bother.

-John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” –Another selection from the Great Books reading program– I liked this essay. It presents the foundation for what we call “classical liberalism” including the limits of government power, the value of free speech, and the limits and requirements for government interventions. Because Mill is an atheist (agnostic), this book might not get read by conservatives as much as it should.